We thought we’d put together a vetted list of the best organizations to donate to the relief in Nepal. Not only are these people equipped to do the job, we vouch for their financial stewardship of the funds being donated going to the actual relief efforts and not some fat cat administrators speaking engagement tours. I’d like to crowdsource this, so you have orgs that you think are good, put them in the comments below.
Firstly, a note. I would be very, very wary of crowdfunded relief campaigns that just popped up. I’m sure their intentions are really good, but running a non-profit and relief effort is an incredibly difficult task. We’d like to put you in touch with people that go beyond good intentions. Those who have a proven track record of rising to the occasion in the past.
International Medical Corps – They are first responders in massive disasters such as this. They have people on the ground there as we speak. They’ve done amazing work in the past with the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, 2010 Haiti Earthquake and 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.
CARE -Great organization who is providing relief to survivors. From their website: “CARE’s emergency response teams specialize in providing life-saving food, water, shelter and health care. CARE has more than six decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE, which works in 90 countries around the world, places a special focus on women, children and other vulnerable populations, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. In 2014, our emergency response and recovery projects reached nearly four million people in 40 countries.”
World Vision – “World Vision is currently working to locate and ensure the safety of its 200 staff and a number of international staff attending a workshop in country this week. The agency is coordinating its response with the national government, which has declared a state of emergency, and other nongovernmental organizations. After search and rescue, World Vision disaster management staff say initial needs are potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter, and protection for children.”
American Himalayan Foundation: this a great group in San Francisco with deep ties to the region. 100% of all funds donated will go to relief efforts. They know the best and most effective people who need resources. They will also be involved in rebuilding efforts.
….more to follow. We’ll update this list as we can.